NEast Links: police news, Phillies security and more

Here’s a summary of the week’s Northeast news we didn’t cover. See others here.

Worth the read

Vandals broke into police property twice this week, causing $20,000 in damage. The vandals targeted the Blue Flames field house, the home of the police and firefighters’ sports teams, pouring bleach and lighter fluid on the uniforms, and leaving graffiti behind. Authorities said the vandals entered by breaking a hole into the roof.

The Cottman-Frankford hub in Mayfair is among the three intersections that will see beefed-up security as the Phillies advance into the playoffs, and possibly (hopefully) the World Series. The other two intersections, which are part of the department’s zero tolerance approach to out-of-hand celebrations, are Broad and Snyder in South Philly and Broad and Walnut in Center City.

A small police museum will take form over the next month, to be displayed in the lobby of Police Headquarters at Eighth and Race streets. The main feature will be a 42-inch touchscreen featuring photos and videos, in addition to digital photographs, new display cases and a Web site. The museum will be open for tours.

Sports news, young Phillies fans and more belowWorth a skim

The Northeast makes an appearance early on the The Traffickers, the latest book in a series about Philadelphia police officers. The book, part of W.E.B. Griffin’s Badge of Honor series, starts off with a meth lab explosion in an undisclosed Northeast neighborhood.

Holme Circle resident and Roman Catholic graduate Chalie Squitiere was profiled by the Inquirer sports section this week for his role as cornerback for the Delaware Valley College football team. The 24-year-old also briefly played for Shippensburg.

North Philly native Raheem Brock, defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts, will open the second location of his franchise Wingstop tomorrow on the Boulevard, just north of Red Lion Road. The ribbon cutting will take place at 11:15 a.m., with an appearance from Brock sometime between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Worth a glance

Kaitlyn Somogyl has been to 40 Phillies games. And she’s only 2. The toddler, who lives with her parents Tom and Mary Kate in the Northeast (neighborhood undisclosed), has been known to boo the Mets, lead Raul Ibanez chants and predict wins.

Northeast native Tom Coval is finally pursuing his dream of becoming a police officer — in Texas. The 44-year-old former marine is currently at the police academy in Keller, Texas, where he is training to become an officer — something he’s considered since he was a kid.

The Philebrity readers are taking digs at the Northeast again. But this time, we kind of agree. Commentary from a news brief that ran yesterday featured an Irish bumper sticker. Though the NEast Philly staff hasn’t spotted any yet, we wouldn’t be surprised if this trend originated here.

Our best-read story this weekQ&A with Mike Ferris – the North Catholic sports guy

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